Pedestrian Safety

Promote Safety of Pedestrian in Montgomery County

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Montgomery al Día Radio Show Focuses on Pedestrian Safety

Montgomery al Dia

Lorna Virgilí hosts "Montgomery al Día", Montgomery County's Spanish language live Radio Show on Radio América 1540 AM, Tuesdays at 2pm. On this show, she speaks with Jeff Dunckel, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, from the Department of Transportation. The show addresses pedestrian safety issues around the County, including the recent uptick in pedestrian collisions and fatalities and how residents can stay safe when walking.  To see the episode, click here

CATEGORIES: Education , Enforcement , Program Overview
POSTED: 3:00:00 PM |

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Webinar Features Montgomery County's Pedestrian Safety Program

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership in the Greater Washington region hosted a webinar on June 5 about Montgomery County’s approach to improving pedestrian safety. Speakers shared data detailing the results of the program and discussed engineering, education and enforcement efforts that are reducing the severity of pedestrian collisions and the number of collisions in targeted, high risk areas.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett released a strategic plan in December 2007 to improve pedestrian safety that uses a multifaceted approach. Speakers discussed the use of data to guide program priorities; the role of road audits and targeted infrastructure improvements; pairing education with engineering and enforcement; successes in the Safe Routes to School program; and the integral role of law enforcement. 

Click below to view the Webinar:

Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Webinar

The Safe Routes to School Greater Washington region is a partnership of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Progress on Pedestrian Safety Noted at County Stat Review

An analysis at a May 8, 2013 CountyStat review of Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative showed that County efforts to improve pedestrian safety are having a positive effect. In 2012, the most severe collisions resulting in debilitating injury (Level 4) or death (Level 5) decreased by 20 percent and fatalities dropped to an all-time low of 0.6 per 100,000 people. This fatality rate is one of the lowest in the nation according to 2011 national data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The reductions in collisions are most notable in areas around schools improved under the Safe Routes to Schools program, the County’s High Incidence Areas (locations targeted as having the highest density of collisions) and locations where traffic calming measures have been completed.
Other program trends noted in the CountyStat review included:
  • An 85% reduction in pedestrian collisions for Safe Routes to School
  • A 37% reduction in pedestrian collisions in the County’s High Incidence Areas
  • An increase in the percentage of pedestrian collisions where drivers are at fault
  • A 6% increase in pedestrian collisions countywide from 2011 to 2012, primarily attributable to a rise in parking lot collisions, which increased by 34%
  • 19% of parking lot collisions were Level 4 (involved incapacitating injuries)
Montgomery County is committed to achieving data-driven results to reduce the frequency and severity of pedestrian collisions. These periodic reviews have become a critical and valuable part of implementing the County Executive’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative. By reviewing data and information from the program, the County works to assure that effective strategies are being employed to improve pedestrian safety. Information evaluated in these reviews provides vital direction on how best to target activities that are reducing the number of pedestrian collisions in the County. A press release has been issued on the conclusions of this most recent CountyStat review.

Click below to view the presentation:

May 8, 2013 County Stat Pedestrian Safety Presentation

Previous CountyStat Review Presentations can be seen on the County’s CountyStat web site and are listed by dates of the review. Click on the dates to review the presentation:

CATEGORIES: CountyStat , Program Overview
POSTED: 1:47:00 PM |

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

County Executive’s State of the County speech included transportation topics

Speaking before hundreds of County residents at the Silver Spring Civic Building Wednesday night (February 20th), County Executive Ike Leggett said that, “the state of Montgomery County is strong – and growing stronger. We all are fortunate to live in one of the nation’s best places to raise a family, get an education, earn a living and build a business. Most of America would change places with us in a heartbeat.” It was the first time in recent years that the Executive has given a State of the County speech.  Read More
CATEGORIES: Program Overview , Programs
POSTED: 11:05:00 AM |

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Leggett Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of His Pedestrian Safety Initiative; Efforts are Reducing Collisions and Saving Lives

Event to celebrate five-year anniversary of Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's Pedestrian Safety Initiative

On December 17, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett celebrated the five-year anniversary of his December 2007 Pedestrian Safety Initiative, which for the first time provided a blueprint for action to improve pedestrian safety based on measurable strategies. Since 2009, pedestrian collisions have decreased 12 percent and the most severe collisions, those where pedestrians are incapacitated or killed, has declined 21 percent.


“In 2007, we charted a course to dramatically improve pedestrian safety and accessibility in Montgomery County – a course that is proving to be successful,” said Leggett. “We are seeing significant reductions in pedestrian collisions in areas where we have taken a comprehensive and targeted approach. Every resident deserves a truly walkable community where pedestrians can safely cross the street. Our challenge in the future is to continually reassess what we are doing, keep what’s working well and find new and creative ways to significantly expand our pedestrian safety efforts.”


The Initiative outlined an approach to pedestrian and traffic safety that focused on three essential components: education, engineering and enforcement. The Initiative significantly enhanced the County’s investment in educating motorists and pedestrians, keeping enforcement efforts visible and intensive and aggressively applying the most innovative and pedestrian-friendly road engineering designs.


To fulfill Leggett’s vision for increased pedestrian mobility and safety, the Initiative established goals to:

• Reduce pedestrian-related crashes, injuries, fatalities, and their associated social and economic costs; and

• Ensure that all areas of the County provide safe and convenient travel options for pedestrians.


Some of the achievements of the Initiative include:

• Reducing pedestrian fatalities from a high of 19 fatalities in 2008 to 11 last year and six so far this year.

• Reducing pedestrian collisions 12 percent since 2009.

• Reducing the most severe collisions that incapacitate or kill pedestrians 21 percent since 2009.

• Reducing collisions 35 percent in areas where traffic calming measures have been installed.

• Reducing collisions by 45 percent In High Incidence Areas (HIAs), locations with the highest concentrations of collisions.

• Reducing collisions by 72 percent within a quarter mile of schools targeted for engineering, education and enforcement activities under the Safe Routes to Schools program.

 Graphic showing results of County Executive Leggett's Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Mr. Leggett was joined at the event by County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, County Councilmember Hans Riemer, Department of Transportation Director Arthur Holmes, Police Chief Thomas Manger, Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham, and PBTSAC Chair Erwin Mack. 

Click here for the press release, including additional statistics on the results of the initiative.  Click here to view the Transportation Update on the event. 

For articles about the event, please click below:


The Gazette


Bethesda Now

Friday, February 04, 2011

Pedestrian Safety at the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Annual Convention

Jeff Dunckel, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, presenting at MML Annual Convention

The MML Conference provided another chance to tell others about the County's Pedestrian Safety Programs. Jeff Dunckel, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, and Tom Pogue, Community Outreach Manager were among the hundreds of city and town officials from throughout Maryland who gathered at the Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland to learn about and discuss municipal issues. They spoke with over 400 fellow city and town officials, discussing pedestrian safety in Montgomery County.

CATEGORIES: Events , Program Overview
POSTED: 2:55:00 PM |

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pedestrian Safety Program County Council Review

2010 County Council Presentation

The MCDOT Director and staff, with the Montgomery County Police Department, presented an overview of the County’s Pedestrian Safety Program to the County Council back in October 2010. This Pedestrian Safety Program Review was requested by Council as an update on the progress of the County Executive’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pedestrian Safety Featured at MACo Convention

Jeff Dunckel and Tom Pogue of MCDOT staffed the Montgomery County display at the Maryland Association of Counties ( MACo) Convention in Ocean City, Maryland last August. More than 600 attendees visited the display to learn how Montgomery County is improving pedestrian safety. This year, County Executive Leggett chose the County's Pedestrian Safety Program as the featured topic for Montgomery County to highlight. This annual conference draws thousands of local, state and federal government officials.

photo of Jeff Dunckel and Tom Pogue set up the County's display, featuring Pedestrians Safety, where more than 600 people stopped to discuss and learn about the County's program.

CATEGORIES: Events , Program Overview
POSTED: 10:38:00 AM |